‘Politics’ Category Archives

24
Jul

GENDER DYSPHORIA: existent, non-existent or existent-but-vanishingly-rare? is it the exception that over-rides every rule?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Common Sense, Ethics, Health, Lifestyle, Politics

Special clinics for children with suspected “gender dysphoria” are getting busier.
Protagonists of the “Safe Schools” program say one child in 25 is affected. Many are submitted to hormone treatments etc.
Official figures (published 2013) suggest that, in fact, less than one in 40 children have “dysphoric” symptoms, even on a temporary basis.
And that most of them, if left alone, spontaneously lose their symptoms.
Long-term dysphoria persisting into adulthood affects no more than 14 persons per million population.
None of this proves anything much except that fanatics – including gender-fluidity fanatics – don’t mind bending statistics.
This whole issue is obviously not one of statistics.
It’s a philosophical and ethical problem.
Is there, or is there not, such a thing as Natural Moral Law?
If there is, then we should abide by it.
(source: DSM-5)

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28
Jun

RE: EDUCATION FUNDING BRAWL: hard to know who to vote for next election.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Politics

The Catholic school system, arguably not offered enough government funding, threatens to campaign politically against the governing coalition parties.
It isn’t clear whom they think people should vote for.
It can’t be Labor. They favour abortion, euthanasia and same-sex “marriage”.
Not the Greens. They favour abortion, euthanasia and same-sex “marriage”.
The three issues mentioned are infinitely more important than money.
One Nation? Hardly a party, really. One well-meaning figure-head. Plus a mixture of relatively unknowns. Plus Mr Ashby.
What about the Australian Conservatives, then?
Mr Bernardi seems to be a practising Catholic, fairly sane, well-experienced….
But I doubt if the AC’s are the ones they’ll recommend.
Perhaps they should be?

27
Jun

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: uneasy relationship with the government: should it be more uneasy: or non-existent?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Education, Ethics, History, Modern Church, Politics

Which Australian schools should get what funding?
The Catholic school system, arguably not getting e, has threatened to campaign politically against the government coalition parties.
All parties trot out the same words – that funding should be “needs-based”.
So what do students actually need?
For Catholics, education should, above all, teach the need to love God and our neighbours.
Funding isn’t the foremost need.
Government funding is, in fact, hazardous.
Saint Mary MacKillop, pioneer teacher of Australia’s Catholic poor in the 1800s, wrote:
“Australia is…a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the children of the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
The Rule of her Order insisted that their schools “never receive aid in the way of fixed salaries from any Protestant government….”

nough

22
Jun

EUTHANASIA FORUM: (non-)freedom of speech, Victoria-style.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Death, Justice, Media, Politics

Recently a hall at the South Melbourne Catholic parish church was booked by the local state MP, Martin Foley, for a “community forum” about proposed new state laws to legalise euthanasia.
It turned out that the “forum” was to have one only guest speaker, Andrew Denton — a high-profile media celebrity activist whose pro-euthanasia views are well known.
The church asked that equal time be given for a speaker to put the case for not legalising euthanasia.
Mr Foley declined.
The church cancelled the booking for what looked like being less of a forum and more of a propaganda session.
For their trouble, the church has been roasted by The Age and other Fairfax outlets under the headline “Church blocks state MP from holding assisted dying community forum”.

3
Jun

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TELLING US ALL ABOUT SEX: probably should stick to their knitting.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Ethics, Family, Health, Lifestyle, Persecution, Politics

Every day more Australian businesses and individuals are pressured into compliance by the same-sex marriage lobby.
Now the Australian Medical Association has caved in – issuing, on May 27, a statement that:
(1) it’s the right of any adult consenting partners (regardless of sex) to have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act.
(2) laws should prohibit businesses withholding goods or services from clients on the basis of sexual orientation.
(purely political views, not the business of the AMA to make pronouncements about.)
And:
(3) homosexual persons have poorer mental health and higher drug-abuse and suicide rates than others – “due to discrimination”.
(a subjective opinion, very hard to prove)
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Do conservatives want to hide?
They’d probably settle for being able to live by and to express their beliefs free of persecution.

17
May

GEORGE PELL: will presumably get justice at the Last Judgement in the sky, but probably not before that.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Justice, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

The media say that Cardinal George Pell is likely to face criminal charges.
We are never going to know what really happened on the occasions about which complaints have been made.
What we do know is that there are people with lots of clout who will never rest until they have “got” him — one way or another.
Everybody knows that child abuse nearly all happens in domestic situations, e.g. boyfriends of single mums interfering with her children.
Something we don’t want to talk about.
Our “royal commission” has been obsessed with discrediting all things Catholic.
Others guilty of child abuse can be ignored or even become rich and famous.
One famous example being Mrs Macron.
Shouldn’t she be in gaol?
Why not?